Posted 12.13.17 @ 0:0
We’re about halfway into the month and it isn’t too late yet to spruce up your home for the awesome holidays up ahead. What better time than now before winter fully sets in or before you’re too busy, right?
Here are some December home checklist for you ranging from the most time-consuming to some that can be done in just under an hour!
Ensure Holiday Home Safety
Making sure your outdoors are well-lighted, that all your locks are working, and that your shrubs and trees are trimmed can deter those with bad intentions from targeting your home. This is a must whether you’re staying or going somewhere for the holidays.
Plan for Winter Storms
The last thing you’d want is to be snowed in without even a shovel. Get yourself some shovels, a window scraper, extra weather stripping, heavy duty winter gloves, some reflective tapes for your driveway, batteries, and don’t forget a few days’ worth of bottled water and non-perishable food. Have a family protocol too if other family members are going to school or at work. You better be sure that you also have an emergency kit with fresh supplies.
Freshen the Guest Room
It is nearly inevitable that you’ll have some guests staying over due to the holidays or bad weather so it pays to be ready. Have a set of fresh clean sheets ready, clean towels, and basic toiletry. Whoever will be staying in your guest room will be delighted.
Liven Up Your Indoor Recreational Areas
The idea is to have a designated indoor area for recreation. You’d be surprised at how much of an impact a new rug or new throw pillows can bring to your ‘chill’ space or how much kids will adore new organization bins for their toys.
Clean Your Chimney
A certified chimney cleaner will ensure you won’t have issues when its time to light your first fire of the season. This will also prevent the likelihood of a house fire.
Decorate for the Holidays
Time to bring out the ornaments and the lights and start decorating! You will want to start as early as possible so that you’ll have a chance to replace broken décor or busted lights. More importantly, you will want to have plenty of time to enjoy and admire your decorating skills.
Address Snow Build Up
Snow can pile up on tree limbs and eaves of roofs so make sure you shake them up after a particularly heavy snow fall. Doing this will make for a safer winter overall.
Shut Off Some Water Supply
This is a must for those who garden and live in Ontario. You will want to disconnect hoses and make sure they have no water to keep them functioning well until next year.
Make Space for Winter Gear
Preferably near your main entrance. You will want to be able to hang your coats, scarves, and other winter clothing for easy access right before heading out.
Have a Designated Gift-Wrapping Station
And be sure you have enough tape, wrapping paper, plain boxes, ribbons, and cards. You want to be ready for a marathon in gift wrapping later in the month. Don’t wait until the last minute!
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